The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association has named its top books for 2013.
The first-place Christian Book of the Year kept it short. Of Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung (Crossway), PW’s review said DeYoung, author and pastor of a church in East Lansing, Mich., offered “theological thinking without moralizing.” ECPA's book of the year is chosen from a group of finalists; the award recognizes both quality and impact. Christian Book Award program finalists and winners receive recognition and support in multiple retail and media outlets.
At its annual banquet and just concluded leadership summit this week in Colorado Springs, ECPA also gave two lifetime achievement awards: Jack Countryman founded JCountryman Gift Books, which has sold 20 million volumes. Brennan Manning was honored posthumously for a body of work that included the contemporary classic The Ragamuffin Gospel. The former Franciscan priest died in 2013. His last book, The Prodigal: A Ragamuffin Story, co-written with Greg Garrett (Zondervan, 2013) received a starred review from PW.
ECPA honored books in seven categories:
The MacArthur Study Bible NIV
John MacArthur, General Editor
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed.)
Joel B. Green, Jeannine K. Brown, Nicholas Perrin
The Sparkle Box
Jill Hardie, illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Iscariot: A Novel of Judas
He Walks Among Us: Encounters with Christ in a Broken World
Richard and Renee Stearns
Falling into Place
C.S. Lewis - A Life